New Fridge

Submitted: Friday, Mar 06, 2009 at 22:20
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I have been waiting for a decent (honest) review of the new ARB Fridge, but there is no real information out there yet - other than ARB's own sales pitch.

Very interested in power consumption, quality of components and how it was put together ect....

I was disappointed to see one of the latest magazines do a spread and only use the written text that ARB supplied them. When it comes to ARB, are they to scared to give an honest appraisal and comparison against the other fridges ??

Jack
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Friday, Mar 06, 2009 at 22:23

Friday, Mar 06, 2009 at 22:23
Hi Jack
They are a Waeco.

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Follow Up By: Jack - Friday, Mar 06, 2009 at 22:58

Friday, Mar 06, 2009 at 22:58
I am aware it uses the same Danfos BD35 compressor, as do most other fridges. But what about the quality of the construction.

My Engel compressor has failed (yes failed - they are not as good as you are lead to believe).

I need to buy or repair a fridge, so I am trying to weigh up all the options.

Problem / Arrogance with Engel is, any time you have a problem - the solution is - replace the cooling unit - $650.00.

Please - No one reply with "but I have had one for the last 20 years ect......."

I also had older model Engels that were fine, but the modern day Engel uses different components.


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Follow Up By: Krakka - Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 00:02

Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 00:02
Thought I read in one of the current mags that they were based on the Dometic brand fridge. Could be wrong but.
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Reply By: Member - Warfer (VIC) - Friday, Mar 06, 2009 at 23:34

Friday, Mar 06, 2009 at 23:34
Hiya Jack

Hav a good look at Evakool


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Reply By: Matt(WA) - Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 00:40

Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 00:40
G'day Jack,

Where are you located? I am a fridgy and I muck around with most brands of 12v fridges on the weekends. I have fixed a couple of fridges for eo guys. I a in safety bay, wa.

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Reply By: Maîneÿ [wa] - Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 00:58

Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 00:58
If you want a budget priced 33 Litre Waeco fridge
look in the EO 'Trader' sectionImage Could Not Be FoundMainey . . .
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Follow Up By: ExplorOz - David & Michelle - Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 10:50

Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 10:50
This is borderline self-promotion of your fridge when the original post is not asking for where to buy a Waeco but is asking for a review of the ARB fridge! Stick to the question asked please, especially if giving links and suggestions to see items for sale.
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Reply By: Sigmund - Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 07:15

Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 07:15
Dunno why you expect a decent review from a mag Jack ...

They're not gunna cane a unit when the maker advertises with them.

I've only come across one mag covering consumer items that wasn't afraid to do without an advertiser's income (the UK mag Bike). When the Honda Goldwing was released, the review canned it and H. withdrew their ads for a year. Same happened with Ducati.

Some recent gems from the mag include describing the exhaust note of one bike as sounding like farting in a can of Pringles, and likening the Honda DN-01 scooter as a 'cocktail cabinet on wheels'.

For other mags you have to decode the text to find anything negative. Eg 'this bike performs better on the open road than in city traffic' prob means 'the seat's too high for your feet to reach the ground and on full lock your thumbs are crushed against the petrol tank'.
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian (SA) - Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 12:23

Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 12:23
IMV, the only places to look for "decent honest" product reviews is from someone who has bought the product with their own money, used it for some time, and (in the case of things like cars especially) personally pays for the upkeep.......... and then, of course, a pinch of salt is still required at times !:-o).
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Reply By: Sigmund - Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 16:55

Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 16:55
Yeah, tho sometimes Choice will do a decent comparo, or some other agency.

The performance data on the Waeco website for the CF40 came from the military IIRC.
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Reply By: paulnsw - Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 17:28

Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 17:28
saw a new Primus branded fridge today $949. Decent 40mm thick minimum insulation, aluminium lined inside, great made cabinet with Danfoss compressor. Anything can be bought cheaper and better than ARB on price and usually quality.

Repco have a 55L fridge that comes complete with cover and Danfoss compressor powered for $649 I think it was.

Rays Outdoors and BCF have a Danfoss compressor powered 40L fridge for under $500 by the company that make the fridges for Waeco. Fridge is with a name beginning with M.

Engel are ridiculous price and even more ridiculous price to repair. Had 2 Engels both heaps of and failed.
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